Important Areas for Birds in Nunavut

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Kitikmeot Region

Pictured is a photograph of an American Golden-Plover standing on the tundra.

This is a map of Nunavut with the Kitikmeot Region outlined with flags showing where each of the important areas for birds are within this region.


(25) Cambridge Bay Area, Victoria Island

A photograph of a Baird's Sandpiper walking on rocky ground is pictured.

Map of Cambridge Bay Area, Victoria Island — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (25) Cambridge Bay Area, Victoria Island

What is important here?

  • Many species of shorebirds and songbirds
  • Good-quality wetland habitat

Why is it important?

  • Breeding site for Red Knot (assessed as a species at risk by COSEWIC) and the rare Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Special consideration

  • Increased mining activity in the surrounding area

(26) Jenny Lind Island

Pictured is a photograph of a Snow Goose wading in shallow water.

Map of Jenny Lind Island — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (26) Jenny Lind Island

What is important here?

  • High abundance of breeding geese
  • Many breeding shorebirds

Why is it important?

  • Key area for moulting geese

Special consideration

  • Draft West Kitikmeot Land Use Plan recognizes the importance of the area for wildlife

(27) Lambert Channel

This is a photo of a Common Eider landing on a body of water.

Map of Lambert Channel — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (27) Lambert Channel

What is important here?

  • Large numbers of Common Eider
  • Polynya ecosystem
  • Ringed Seal and Bearded Seal habitat

Why is it important?

  • 60–70% of the Canadian population of Common Eider observed here
  • Polynyas are very important for migrating birds and winter survival of seals

(28) Lower Back River

This is a close up photograph of a flock of Snow Geese.

Map of Lower Back River — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (28) Lower Back River

What is important here?

  • Staging area for geese and swans
  • Sandhill Crane, ducks, loons and shorebirds

Why is it important?

  • Birds need staging areas during spring migration

Special consideration

  • Considerable diamond and mineral exploration occurring

(29) Melbourne Island

A photograph of two Red Phalaropes.

Map of Melbourne Island — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (29) Melbourne Island

What is important here?

  • Lots of wetland habitat
  • High densities of breeding shorebirds and geese
  • Interesting mix of high-Arctic and low-Arctic birds

Why is it important?

  • Most shorebird species nesting here have declining populations

Special consideration

  • Potential effects of increased ship traffic on the island and impact on its breeding birds

(30) Queen Maud Gulf

This is a photograph of a female and a male King Eider swimming.

Map of Queen Maud Gulf – Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (30) Queen Maud Gulf

What is important here?

  • Summer habitat for many geese, ducks, King Eider, loons and Sandhill Crane
  • Largest wetlands in the mid-Arctic: critical for thousands of shorebirds and songbirds
  • Ahiak caribou calving grounds
  • Muskox, Wolf, and Grizzly Bear

Why is it important?

  • Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR site)

(31) Rasmussen Lowlands

A photograph of an American Golden-Plover nesting is shown.

Map of Rasmussen Lowlands — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (31) Rasmussen Lowlands

What is important here?

  • High diversity and high density of shorebirds
  • Large numbers of Tundra Swan and White-fronted Goose

Why is it important?

  • More Tundra Swan and plovers than anywhere else in the Kitikmeot
  • Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR site)
  • Shorebird monitoring site

Special consideration

  • Active prospecting permits and diamond exploration activity in northern and eastern parts of the lowlands

(32) Southwestern Victoria Island

This is a photograph of a Canada Goose in flight.

Map of Southwestern Victoria Island — Kitikmeot Region.

Long description of Map (32) Southwestern Victoria Island

What is important here?

  • High densities of breeding pairs of Canada Goose
  • Many swans, gulls and terns
  • Several species of shorebirds nest in the area

Why is it important?

  • 8% of Canada’s Canada Goose nest here

Special consideration

  • Considerable prospecting and mining exploration in recent years
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